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How can I get my 1 year old to sleep through the night?

My son will be 1 year on May 20th. He used to sleep through the night until he cut his first two teeth. Now, he gets up 1-3 times at night still. I feel as if he should be sleeping through the night or only getting up maybe one time. Any suggestions? Plus, he still gets put in his crib at night with a bottle and gets one when he wakes up at night. Thats another habit that I would like to break him of, but its the only way that he will and has ever fallen asleep. Please help a mom in need of some sleep! Thank you!

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Asked by LittleCsMommy at 11:36 AM on May. 11, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • He's normal. There is no age where they "should" be sleeping all night.

    Just keep things conducive to sleep and he WILL start sleeping longer ON HIS OWN. This is developmental and he needs to grow into it.

    Answer by gdiamante at 11:38 AM on May. 11, 2011

  • routine, routine, routine. Kids need routines in life. I was a first time mom and I was not sticking to a schedule at all and I was running ragged. I started when he was about 6 months when I had the routine of dinner at 5:30. we were done about 6:15 and I would give my sona bath, put lotion on him, brush his hair, put pjs on him, lay him in his crib and I got this great nightlight that shines stars on the ceiling and I played the music from his mobile. He cried the first two nights but on the third he got used to the routine and went to bed without a fuss. Structure is especially needed for a one year old. Try the same method, it should work. Good Luck.

    Answer by Bugzmomma at 11:41 AM on May. 11, 2011

  • How do I get my 3-1/2 Yr old to sleep through the night lol!~
    I've stop hoping at this point - some days he does, some days he doesn't.. I've actually learned to function being a zombie lol!~

    Answer by maxsmom11807 at 11:42 AM on May. 11, 2011

  • PS. My son slept through the night from 8 months to 18 months. then started having night mares, got a bad virus and from them time he was 18 months to 2-1/2 he woke from 1 to 6 times a night no matter what and we always had a routine. I do however fully agree routine is VERY important at this age, but it doesn't always matter either- just FYI

    Answer by maxsmom11807 at 11:43 AM on May. 11, 2011

  • when he naps during the day don't allow him to sleep more than 20-30 min at a time, wake him up by washing his face, tickling his feet
    before bed give him a warm bath, make sure he has eaten , had a bottle, & been changed. then when you put him to bed don't give him the bottle..with you standing right outside where he sleeps allow him to cry but Never longer than 5 min, when you come to comfort him try not to pick him up rub his back, sing a song.. if that don't work try taking him for a drive around the block once he is heavily asleep put him in his bed. or hold him and rock him to sleep.. but the car is faster.

    Answer by maiahlynn at 11:44 AM on May. 11, 2011

  • yes of course I agree with giving the baby a routine try starting bed time the same time everyday.

    Answer by maiahlynn at 11:46 AM on May. 11, 2011

  • Make her room as confertable as possible,
    Use soft sheets,
    Give her warm milk,
    Use lullaby music,

    Answer by newathis918 at 2:19 PM on May. 11, 2011

  • I always recommend the book The Baby Sleep Solution by Suzy Giordano. It is the best book out there for sleep issues. It is short and very effective. Try it out!
    Good Luck!
    Stef (the nanny from

    Answer by AskANanny at 11:47 PM on May. 11, 2011

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